Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Synopsis: Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. But when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidante named Sadie—and life as Lane knows it will never be the same.

Extraordinary Means will be released on May 26th with Harper Collins, and is available for pre-order now.

official book trailer

directed by Yulin Kuang
produced by Robyn Schneider

Cain Alexander as Lane
Joanie Searle as Sadie

narrated by
Cain Alexander and Kelly Langtim


Audiovisual artist Joanie Lemercier recently unveiled Nimbes, a spectacular 360º installation that immerses viewers in a breathtaking virtual universe. Created using photography, CGI, laser scans, and projection mapping, the piece takes the audience on a 15-minute journey around the cosmos, displaying constellations, solitary landscapes, and crumbling architectural structures.



Project by joanielemercier is a large scale audio visual installation utilizing projection with architecture theme:

The work examines the notion of blueprint as the intersection of ideation and architecture, a map that leads from formlessness to form. It explores the view of architecture as both the endless repetition of the cosmic order, and as a shelter from the infinite, a human construct that brings the capriciousness of nature into perspective.

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“It’s a Breath Holding Contest. - For the finalists, it will determine who will win a hangout with me while for those who are up for Elimination, this will determine who stays and who won’t.”

“Meri and Joanie will have only one contest. Julia, Angel, and Tama will go through two contests each. - Lowest wins will be leaving the castillo.”

“Any ties, you will have to challenge the person again.”


Big Joanie

Big Joanie is a black feminist punk band. They are like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis.

It was formed to make awesome music but also to create a continuum for black punks by presenting a strong, powerful vision of black womanhood and telling black kids about black punks who came before them.

Listen to their “Sistah punk” EP here!

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Eruptions of Audiovisual Illusions

Inspired by the societal influences volcanoes have on our lives, artist Joanie Lemercier created two projects “EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL” (2010) and “FUJI” (2014) using a combination of simple and complex audiovisual elements, playing with our depth of field and perception of the installation environment.

In both installations, the artist hand draws the wire-frame scenery to a wall, mimicking the topography of the respective volcanic landscapes. Stereoscopy and shading are used as the key elements which manipulate the audience’s perception of the image before them. The shadows created by the light projections give the illusion of depth within the ridges and points, even distance between mountains, aided by the fluid grid-lines and computer software. The artist himself describes this process as “modifying the perception of things…it is almost like modifying reality”. Lemercier “[plays] around with visual perception [to] trick the senses using optical illusions”, allowing the naturally flat surface and image to take on a three-dimensional forms.

Both examples of audiovisual mapping stem from events that have shaped certain societies, in small and large ways respectively; “EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL” was created in response to the eruption of the volcano in Iceland in 2010, which restricted travel in almost all of Europe. “FUJI” continues the artists’ exploration of volcanoes, this time Fujiyama in Japan, by incorporating elements of the legend of Kaguya Hime; a 10th-century folk-tale which the artist claims is “a key element in Japanese culture”.

Where the first installation focused on optical illusion and manipulation of audiovisual perception only, “FUJI” does the same, but with the added bonus of narrative. The projection becomes both optical illusion and poetry within its immersive environment.

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Conor Oberst’s Rape Accuser Retracts Claims: The Statements I Made Are 100% False

Joanie Faircloth has officially retracted her statements alleging that Conor Oberst raped her many years ago. She called her statements 100% false. You can read her statement below after the jump.

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